Snohomish County Labor Council
Minutes of the Meeting of May 28, 2008
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by Vice President Boschok. She noted that President Chapman was on vacation. The meeting purpose was read, followed by the Flag salute. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as typed and handed out. Leonard Kelley, IBT 231 was appointed to the Vice Presidentıs chair.
M (Sells) S (Kelley) to seat the delegate who was present. Ray Egelhoff, IBEW 89 was sworn in as a delegate.
Secretary Treasurer Sells reported that the Board recommended sending Jason Redrup to the State Labor Council Convention as an SCLC delegate. M/S (Board) C to concur.
The Board recommended that the Labor Council rate three candidates: George Appel, Jim Johanson and Joe Wilson as well qualified to be Superior Court, Position 6 Judge.
M/S (Board) C to concur. (Required a 2/3 majority vote.)
Gabe Hargrove, SCLC Political Director, gave an update on Labor/Neighbor activity, and solicited volunteers for walking and phone banking. June 21st will be the next Labor/Neighbor walk.
Reports of Committees
Organizing/Education – Leonard Kelley, IBT 231 gave an update on the Arlington Airport education event, and solicited help for the days we will be leafleting at 4 sites.
Reports of Unions
Organizing – Matt Carroll, IBEW 89, reported on the Comcast organizing in the areas. Comcast is not only the largest cable company, they are now the fourth largest phone company in the country. IBEW is organizing at Comcast in 7 major markets, and is working on community support for the effort. Delegates were encouraged to take support signs. He noted that workers at Comcast make substantially less than union represented workers.
Contract Negotiations - Chris Sorenseon, PASS, reported on a letter from Federal legislators to the FAA administration to honor a court ruling on staffing. Air safety inspectors are severely understaffed.
Chris Brydges, ATU 1576, reported that they are in mediation with Community Transit. It is moving slowly.
Other Local Activities - Jason Redrup, IAM 751A, gave an update on the tanker situation. They have been to Washington, DC to lobby Congress on it.
Good of the Order
Suzanne Moreau, Puget Sound Labor Agency noted that the Letter Carriers Food Drive netted 373,000 lbs of food for the food banks. She thanked Teamsters Local 38 for getting Hoglunds Transport for an in-kind donation to haul away and deliver food. She also reported on the recent 1st Amendment scholarship award presentation, and read a letter from the daughter of person who had been helped by Operation Shortfall. A Turkey Fry fundraised with Sheriff John Lovick is scheduled for July 23rd before the next meeting, and she solicited Spirit of Labor Award nominations.
Secretary-Treasurer Sells thanked Chris Kelly and Bob James, NALC 791 for their hard work on the food drive. He noted, in particular, the work Chris had done with the donation bag handling and getting them out.
Toni Bohan, SEIU 925, encouraged delegates to watch the movie Recount, if they need motivation to participate in Labor/Neighbor this year.
Christian Sorensen, PASS, reported on the Paine Field Aviation Day, and felt it was a good event for getting their message out.
Congressman Rick Larsen spoke to the delegates on a number of issues. He noted that in the next session they hoped to get the Employee Free Choice Act passed, and to overturn the Kentucky River decision being used against workers. He discussed needed changes in the NLRB, as well as Congress passing bargaining rights for public employees in non-bargaining states. Congress will also be trying for Unemployment Benefit extensions and push to force OSHA to implement refinery safety standards. He spoke about the tanker decision and efforts in Appropriations to not fund the decision. He also covered reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Act, and noted that there is always a struggle over Davis Bacon standards with construction issues.
Mike Sells, Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME 109S: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811CA: Gloria Parker, Terry VanWyck
AFSCME 1811JS: No Delegate
AFSCME 1811PA: Tim Geraghty
AFSCME 1811S: No Delegate
AFSCME 881: No Delegate
AFSCME 948: Laura Akers, Randy Kurtz
AFSCME 1020: Eric Wiseman
AFSCME 1355: No Delegate
AFSCME 2753: No Delegate
AFSCME 2964: No Delegate
AFT 772: Jackie Minchew, Mike Sells
APWU 484: No Delegate
ATU 1576: Christine Brydges
AWPPW 644: No Delegate
IAFF 1984: No Delegate
IAFF 2694: No Delegate
IAM 751A: Jason Redrup, Don Shove
IAM 751E: Ron Bradley
IAM 751F: Jackie Boschok
IBEW 89: Matt Carroll, Ray Egelhoff
IBT 38: Steve Chandler, Janine Dibble, Rick Olson
IBT 231: Leonard Kelley
IBU/ ILWU: Robin Ramsey, David McKenzie
IFPTE 17: Geoffrey Crofoot
IUOE 302: No Delegate
IUPAT DC 5: No Delegate
NALC 791: Bob James, Chris Kelly
OPEIU 277: No Delegate
Pac NW Newspaper Guild:
PASS: Christian Sorensen
Plumbers and Pipefitters 26:
SEIU 925: Toni Bohan, Donna Chrisman
SPEEA: Bob Rommel
UFCW 44: No Delegate
UFCW 141, USNU: No Delegate
UniteHere: No Delegate
Wash Tech / CWA: Rennie Sawade
AFT 772: Kim Mead
IAM 751C: Hank Getchman
IBEW 77: Peg Chrisman
IBEW 191: Darrell Chapman
LIUNA 292: Doug Scott, Rudy Zavala
SEIU 1199NW: Steve Moll
SPEEA: Sandy Hastings
UBC 562: Ed Triezenberg
Chris Glenn, SPEEA
Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd Congressional District
Jill McKinnie, Congressman Rick Larsen Staff
Suzanne Moreau, PSLA